Sunday, 4 January 2015
Sailing of the Second Convoy from Albany
Wednesday 31st December was the 100th anniversary of the Second Convoy sailing from Albany W.A. The convoy comprised sixteen vessels including five enemy ships which had been seized in Australian ports at the outbreak of the war. The convoy also included three New Zealand transports. The convoy carried 12,500 troops and more than 5000 horses. Because of the improved security in the Indian Ocean the convoy did not require a naval escort similar to the first convoy but the Royal Australian submarine AE2, with Reuben Mitchell on board (Reuben was the subject of an earlier post) left with the convoy towed by Berrima. The ships of the second convoy began arriving at Alexandria on 28 January 1915.